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  • 1 Hockley property lawyers work in conjunction with Hockley estate agents, house builders, surveyors, mortgage companies and other professionals to make sure that a quality service is provided to clients every step of the way, helping make the process as straightforward as possible
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  • 3 Excellent communication together with a wealth of expertise are key benefits that you should value when choosing conveyancing solicitors. Hockley home moves can become significantly more stressful as a result of lack of transparency between all the parties. The lawyers we work with ensure that the lines of communication are open and act on arising issues and developments instantly.
  • 4 Chances are that the the lawyers for the other party are located in Hockley - if so both parties will be on good working terms
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Examples of recent conveyancing in Hockley since January 2024*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Hockley

Is the fact that my solicitor in Hockley is not on my mortgage company's solicitor panel that there is a problem with the quality of the firm’s conveyancing?

That is more than likely a wrong assumption to make. There are plenty of plausible explanations. Just recently a report by the solicitors regulator revealed that over three quarters of law firms surveyed had been removed from at least one lender panel. The top 5 reasons are as follows: (1) low volume of transactions (2) the solicitor is a sole practitioner (3) as part of the HSBC panel reduction (4) regulatory contact by SRA (5) accidental removal. Where you are concerned you should simply call the Hockley conveyancing firm and ask them why they are no longer on the approved list for your bank.

Are all Hockley Conveyancing Quality Solicitors on the Aldermore conveyancing panel?

It is true that some banks and building societies now use the accreditation scheme as the starting point for Panel approval such as HSBC and Santander. CQS membership however gives no guarantee to lender panel acceptance. Nevertheless,the CML have indicated that it is likely to become a pre-requisite for firms wishing to join their panels.

My partner and I have organised a further advance on our home loan from Aldermore as we want to conduct improvements to our house in Hockley. Do we need to select a bricks and mortar Hockley solicitor on the Aldermore conveyancing panel to deal with the paperwork?

Aldermore do not ordinarily require firms on their conveyancing panel to deal with the formalities. If they do require any legal work then you would need to ensure that such a lawyer was on the Aldermore conveyancing panel.

I am due to exchange contracts on my house. I had a double glazing fitted in May 2007, but did not receive a FENSA certificate or Building Regulation Certificate. My buyer's lender, Clydesdale are being pedantic. The Hockley solicitor who is on the Clydesdale conveyancing panel is happy to accept ‘lack of building regulation’ insurance but Clydesdale are requiring a building regulation certificate. Why do Clydesdale have a conveyancing panel if they don't accept advice from them?

It is probably the case that Clydesdale have referred the matter to their valuer. The reason why Clydesdale may not want to accept indemnity insurance is because it does not give them any reassurance that the double glazing was correctly and safely installed. The indemnity insurance merely protects against enforcement action which is very unlikely anyway.

Will our conveyancer be raising questions concerning flooding as part of the conveyancing in Hockley.

The risk of flooding is if increasing concern for lawyers conducting conveyancing in Hockley. There are those who acquire a property in Hockley, fully aware that at some time, it may suffer from flooding. However, leaving to one side the physical damage, if a house is at risk of flooding, it may be difficult to obtain a mortgage, suitable building insurance, or dispose of the premises. There are steps that can be taken during the course of a house purchase to forewarn the purchaser.

Lawyers are not qualified to give advice on flood risk, but there are a number of checks that may be carried out by the buyer or on a buyer’s behalf which will give them a better understanding of the risks in Hockley. The conventional set of information given to a buyer’s lawyer (where the solicitors are adopting what is known as the Conveyancing Protocol) includes a standard inquiry of the vendor to discover if the premises has suffered from flooding. If flooding has previously occurred and is not revealed by the vendor, then a purchaser could issue a legal claim for losses stemming from an inaccurate reply. The purchaser’s conveyancers will also conduct an environmental search. This should higlight if there is any known flood risk. If so, additional inquiries should be carried out.

I used Stirling Law several years past for my conveyancing in Hockley. Now, I need the documents however the law firm is no longer operating. What do I do?

You should contact the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) to assist in tracing your conveyancing files. They can be contacted on please contact on 0870 606 2555. Alternatively, you should use their online form to make an enquiry. You will need to provide the SRA with as much information as possible to assist their search, including the name and address in Hockley of the conveyancing firm of solicitors you previously instructed, the name of conveyancing solicitor with whom you had dealings, and the date on which you last had dealings with the firm.

My husband and I are new on the property ladder - had an offer accepted, yet the property agent told us that the owners will only go ahead if we instruct their preferred solicitors as they are insisting on an ‘expedited deal’. My instinct tells me that we should use a high street conveyancer accustomed to conveyancing in Hockley

We suspect that the owner is unaware of this demand. If they desire ‘a quick sale', alienating a serious buyer is is going to put the whole deal at risk. Contact the sellers directly and explain that (a)you are keen to buy (b)you are ready to go, with finances arranged © you are chain free (d) you wish to move quickly (e)however you will continue to use your preferred Hockley conveyancing solicitors - not the ones that will provide their negotiator at the agency a referral fee or meet his conveyancing targets demanded by senior management.

Estate agents have just been given the go-ahead to market my ground floor apartment in Hockley. Conveyancing has not commenced, however I have recently had a half-yearly service charge invoice – should I leave it to the buyer to sort out?

The sensible thing to do is discharge the invoice as normal because all ground rent and maintenance payments should be allotted as part of the financial calculations for completion monies, so you will be reimbursed by the purchaser for the period running from after the completion date to the subsequent invoice date. Most management companies will not acknowledge the buyer until the service charges have been paid and are up to date, so it is important for both buyer and seller for the seller to show that they are up to date. This will smooth the conveyancing process.

Hockley Conveyancing for Leasehold Flats - A selection of Questions you should consider before buying

    Who is in charge of the building? How many of the leaseholders are in arrears for their maintenance charge payments? This information is useful as a) areas may result in problems for the building as the communal areas may start to deteriorate where services are not paid for b) if the leasehold owners have an issue with the running of the building you will need to have full disclosure

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Commercial Conveyancing solicitors in Hockley regulated by the SRA

The list below is a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in Hockley practicing in commercial conveyancing in Hockley. This will likely include advice on taking a commercial lease as a tenant
  • Salam Law, 18 Barton Close, South Woodham Ferrers, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 5UB
  • Wells Legal Solicitors, 3 Spa Road, Hockley, Essex, SS5 4AZ
  • Alan Simpson & Co, Mill Court, 19 London Hill, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 7HW
  • Todmans S R E, Barringtons, Hockley Road, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 8EH
  • Rudds, 81a High Street, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 7EJ

Domestic Licensed Conveyancers in Hockley regulated by the CLC

Please be aware that the listed conveyancers do not limit their work for conveyancing in Hockley but also conveyancing throughout England and Wales.
  • Chris Allnutt & Co, Ground Floor, Broadway House, SS11 7AD
  • Nfl Legal Ltd, 105 London Road, SS7 5TG
  • Dorling Cottrell Limited, Suite 6 Phoenix House, SS14 3EZ

Transfer of Equity conveyancing in Hockley almost always includes the following:

  • Taking instructions from the appropriate parties
  • Investigating the title to the property
  • Acting on behalf of the mortgage company (where appropriate)
  • Negotiating the terms of the transaction
  • Preparing the Transfer or approving draft Transfer
  • Negotiating amendments to the the Transfer deed
  • Communicating with parties with regards to the Transfer
  • Agreeing and preparing for completion
  • Receiving and transferring funds to the appropriate parties
  • Completing and submitting to HMRC the appropriate stamp duty forms and payment
  • Registering the buyer and the mortgage (where appropriate) at the HM Land Registry.

*Source acknowledgement: House price data produced by Land Registry as well data supplied by Lexsure Ltd.

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